As its puzzling mouthful of a title suggests, Transfringement: Circus Mojo Refudiates the Norm is a quirky show with a few too many balls in the air. Five diverse performers from this Ludlow, Kentucky-based circus troupe and training center take turns charming and occasionally impressing the audience with a series of old-school stunts: tightrope-walking, hubcap-spinning, ring-tossing, ladder-climbing, roller skating, barrel-walking, hoop-swinging, partner-balancing and so on.
There is, however, mojo to spare in the presence of one cast member: Ghana-born Emmanuel Tawiah narrates his remarkable life story while juggling, climbing, tumbling and wheeling around a stage (at the Know Theatre) far too small to contain his big, joyous energy. The multi-talented Eric Quast, an acrobat with a surprisingly beautiful singing voice, is another young standout in the cast.
All the Circus Mojo players have grace and heart. Their hard-earned (if mostly modest) skills deserve an original and cohesive theatrical vehicle. A real playwright, composer, director, and designers would help. So would a more manageable number of flying objects.